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Always bet on black (tie) 2005-10-01 Staff Writer Actor George Clooney is apparently tired of robbing casinos on the big screen - now he wants to own one himself. Enter Las Ramblas, a $3 billion (€2.5 billion) casino-cum-resort hotel-cum-condominium development in Las Vegas. When built, the project will feat

Actor George Clooney is apparently tired of robbing casinos on the big screen – now he wants to own one himself. Enter Las Ramblas, a $3 billion (€2.5 billion) casino-cum-resort hotel-cum-condominium development in Las Vegas. When built, the project will feature 4,400 hotel rooms and condos in 11 high-rise buildings.

Clooney is working with nightclub owner Rande Gerber and developers Related Las Vegas and Centra Properties on the deal. He's also planning to see if friend and “Ocean's Eleven” co-star Brad Pitt wants a piece of the action.

But some are already questioning the plans for the casino, which call for the seemingly refreshing idea of a having a dress code, a staple in many European gambling nightspots. While a Related executive said the project is focused more towards the hotel and condo components – with gambling more of an amenity – casino management instructor and MGM Mirage executive Jeff Voyles told the Las Vegas Sun: “I think they have hotel, condo and real estate guys giving them advice rather than gaming guys.”

He continued: “Do you know how many millionaires are walking around Las Vegas wearing jeans and polo shirts? You cannot tell somebody who is 35 to 45 years old, very successful and makes a quarter-of-a-million dollars per year that he has to wear a jacket.”

Construction is slated to begin in 2006, with the first four buildings to be completed in early 2008.